Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Aboriginal Health on Jason's Priority List

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Aboriginal Health on Jason's Priority List

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Byline: Jem Wilson Reporter

BALLINA High is celebrating after Jason Sines Junior became the first aboriginal Dux of the school.

Jason, 18, has been accepted into Medicine at the University of New South Wales and wants to work on improving aboriginal health.

aThere's a huge discrepancy in health that shouldn't be occurring,a he said.

aThere's a 20-year difference in life expectancy and there are just some diseases that are rife in aboriginal community that don't occur anywhere else in such epic proportions.a

Jason, who is a member of the Bundjalung people, has seen these health issues first-hand.

aI've seen it personally with a lot of my relatives who have passed away at a young age,a he said.

aMy grandmother passed away when she was young and this shouldn't be happening in a first world country.a

Jason received marks in the highest band for mathematics and English extension one and his Australian Tertiary Admission Rank was 95. …

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